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4 Tips For Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
Written by | Shelly Stinson.
The holiday season is nearly upon us. American Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and from there it’s on through Christmas, New Year’s, and what’s really become a prolonged period of relaxation and recreation for much of the world. It’s a wonderful time of year for many of us, and one filled with little comforts and pleasures. The trouble is that a lot of those comforts and pleasures come in the form of food and drink! Most of us tend to consume a few more treats and decadent meals during the holidays than is typical of our diets, as it simply feels more appropriate to do so this time of year. But that doesn’t change the fact that these things, coupled with extensive time relaxing at home, lead to weight gain.
So before the 2015 holiday season really gets underway, take note of these tips for weight management in the coming months.
1. Go Easy On Buffet Snacks
Whether you go to restaurants, friends’ homes, or even stay at your own home for holiday meals, it’s fairly common this time of year for little appetizer platters to be out. It could be anything from a plate of meats and cheeses to a bowl of nuts, but whatever the case, the easy availability of these pre-meal snacks >can cause you to . Don’t try to forego them altogether, because it’ll likely only make you crave them more, but try serving yourself on a small napkin or plate, as opposed to camping out near the goodies.
2. Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early
By this I mean your New Year’s exercise regimen. A lot of people overeat during the holidays and then start new exercise initiatives as soon as January 1 arrives, and that’s not a bad policy so long as you stick to the initiative (though most don’t). But an even better idea is to take the same approach starting on November 1. That can allow your exercise routine to play a more sustainable and preventative role, and it can get you into a nice rhythm heading into the New Year. Even if you do gain a few pounds during the holidays, you’ll be prepared to knock them off efficiently.
3. Don’t Drink Your Calories
Alcohol consumption is part of the holiday spirit for a lot of people, and in moderation that’s absolutely fine. But alcoholic beverages are also a major source of calories and weight gain, and drinking more than you’re used to in a given month can certainly saddle you with a few extra pounds. So if you choose to indulge in alcoholic beverages, go the low-calorie route. This might mean opting for red wine instead of beer, or clear vodka beverages as opposed to heavy, dark mixed drinks. Even light beer is a better option than many alternatives. All alcoholic beverages carry calories, but try to structure your holiday drinking around those that carry fewer.
4. Indulge Wisely – And Slowly
When it comes to your actual holiday meals, don’t hold back from enjoying the dishes you look forward to all year, or the ones that tend to be your favourites. They’re there for you to enjoy! But try to focus mostly on these foods, rather than grabbing a bunch of everything and treating yourself to an all-out feast. Additionally, try to eat your meals slowly. Research shows that the first few bites of a food are the most satisfying, so enjoy the dishes you love—you don’t need to eat as much as you may be used to during the holidays!
These are all pretty simple tips that can be surprisingly easy to implement during the holidays. You can put all of them into effect and enjoy this special time of year every bit as much.